How to set up and use Emergency SOS on your iPhone in iOS 11

How to set up and use Emergency SOS on your iPhone in iOS 11

How do you quickly call emergency services and notify your emergency contacts on your iPhone? With SOS on iOS 11.

Much like Emergency SOS on Apple Watch, you can trigger a call to emergency services using a shortcut on your iPhone. You will, hopefully, never need to use this quick-access feature, but it’s not a bad idea to have it ready just in case. Here’s how to set up and use Emergency SOS in iOS 11.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

What is Emergency SOS?

Wherever you are in the world, there is likely access to some sort of emergency service for police, medical, or fire help. Different locations around the world have different call numbers for emergency services. Instead of having to know the local emergency service number, or waiting to be redirected from the number you’ve just called (like 911), you can be directly connected to the emergency number wherever you are using a shortcut on your iPhone.

When enabled, you can call emergency services without unlocking your iPhone by quickly pressing the Sleep/Wake button five times.


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